The grating on which Golden Teal lives is located on a busy street near the artists’ home. Whether sunset or sunrise, many of the photographs of this street-grating beginning in 2019 have resulted in stunning images. In this case, sunsets from different seasons and with different qualities of light bring us contrasting and complementary images.  Their combination uplifts and delights.

Product # 041-6371-P13 Category

Golden Teal Koi, Sunset, Cloudy Winter Day & Sunset, Sunny Fall Day


Framing adds 1/2″ on the top, bottom, left and right of art.
Mounting includes an anti-UV coating.

About the Artwork

This image is a composite of two photographs and  is part of the Golden Hour Koi collection, inspired by an ancient art form depicting two fish swimming in opposite directions.  This image surfaces in many cultures — Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist.

This form also shows the Vesica Pisces, a mathematical form “composed of two spheres with the same radius, which intersect within each other’s circumference. The name of this symbol, when translated literally from Latin, means ‘bladder of a fish.’  This symbol figures prominently in Pythagorean history and is considered a holy figure because the ratio of its width to its height was believed to be 165:153 or 1.73203—a holy number.” (

The Koi symbolize unending knowledge, good fortune, and  are associated with perseverance in adversity, strength of purpose, abundance and courage.

Review written by Bill Teeple, Curator of ICON Gallery in Fairfield, IA for the IOWA SOURCE (©  2019 reprinted with permission):

This photograph (and others in this collection) “reveals the rich variety of colors and textures that appear in cast iron when photographed during the “golden hour” — in this case fall sunrises on a cloudy (top)  and on a sunny (bottom) fall day.

“The artworks are macro photographs of cast iron street gratings cast with a bas-relief sculpture of a trout and framed by the words “dump no waste” and “drains to waterways.” The gratings are a plea for the public to care for the environment.

“Cast iron exposed to the open air oxidizes in different ways, creating tens of thousands of mirror-like surfaces that catch incoming light at different angles and depths. The resulting images bring the viewer in close proximity to the delicacy of early morning and late afternoon light during various weather conditions and seasons.During this golden hour light, richer and brighter colors are revealed.

“Duncan and Carla Brown’s work is created using archival pigments, and displays the same ability as the original cast iron to reflect and mirror light at different times of day. Duncan Brown and Carla Brown discovered the gratings in 2018. Duncan has taken thousands of photos of gratings in the Upper Midwest, and Carla has been essential in editing the images.”